The Retrofit Academy Community Interest Company was formed in February 2016 to improve the effectiveness of retrofit. We founded it following the closure of CoRE, which had left staff and trainees out of work and out of pocket. Our immediate aim was to put this situation right, and we fulfilled every training course that CoRE’s closure had resulted in.
Most of our work centres on the role of the Retrofit Coordinator. We work very closely with a core group of expert trainers, and together with them, we identified the need for better leadership and quality assurance for retrofit projects. We wanted to ensure that somebody would be accountable for the things that went wrong, but more importantly, ensure that the risks involved in retrofitting were managed effectively in the first place.
Up to the end of 2018, we are proud to have trained well over a thousand people, and to have helped over 300 graduate from the Retrofit Academy course in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management. You can see many of these people on our Retrofit Coordinator Register.
We provided evidence to the Hanford Review on the Solid Wall sector, and subsequently the Each Home Counts Review. Both recommended that Retrofit Coordinators should be mandatory to help drive up quality and reduce defects.
In 2017 The Retrofit Academy led a consortium to bid for £127,000 to develop a Level 5 Diploma in Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management. Our partners are the Federation of Master Builders, Engie and INCA. Over the past 12 months, we have been busy creating exciting new course materials, assessments and learner resources. We have been piloting these as taught courses and as eLearning and we are ready to go from January 2019. A whole new chapter in our story begins then.